23 May Get more done by asking “why?”
There's no doubt that one of the most significant contributors to happiness is accomplishment. Getting things done and achieving are key sources of happiness and satisfaction.
But too many people focus too much time and energy on the "what?" and the "how?" and sometimes even the "when?" and the "where?" but they totally neglect … the "why?".
New research confirms what I've been thinking for quite a while now which is that happiness and success come from planning all of the aforementioned what's etc but it's most likely the WHY that's the secret ingredient. Read on below to learn more from Lifehackers Adam Dachis…
To-do lists are just a nagging reminder of all the things you need to do, so actually inspiring yourself to do them isn't always easy. Michael Pantalon, Ph. D, writing for Psychology Today, suggests that you're more likely to accomplish these tasks by including why you should do them as well.
We know what we have to do, as well as, when and where we have to do it, but, for some reason, we don't think about why we want to or need to do it. That's probably because we are under the spell of the "have-to's" and forget we always have a choice.
Creating a "why do" list, as he calls it, can help you remember why you actually want to do something and avoid thinking that you have to do it. When creating your lists, just make a sublist under each item filled with all the reasons this is something you really want to do. Don't include items for the sake of including them, but instead focus on the things that make you excited about this task. It may be hard to inspire yourself to do the boring chore of laundry, but you can always find reasons. For example, you may have an exciting job interview coming up and you want to look your best, so it's important to take care of cleaning your best clothes in advance. The item wouldn't be on your list if there wasn't some kind of motivation, so tap into why a task is important to you in the first place. If you can't figure out why, it might not deserve to be on the list at all…
…read the full and original article HERE